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Meet Vanessa

Approach to Therapy

Vanessa is an interactive therapist whose work is informed by education and experience.  Her training as a marriage and family therapist is unique. It emphasizes the connection between problems and relationships. By considering the link between them, Vanessa can create a contextual framework. And the context of any problem, big or small, matters. Vanessa tailors her approach to meet the needs of each client. She is committed to providing therapy that respects privacy and autonomy while promoting well-being.  ​

Clinical Interests & Expertise
  • Emerging Adults, and Adults 

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Major life transitions—marriage, separation, divorce, reconciliation, becoming parents, co-parenting,  job loss, moving,  etc.

  • Co-dependency, identity, and self-esteem issues

  • Grief and loss across the lifespan

  • Trauma/PTSD/CPTSD

  • Relationship issues —ADHD, infidelity, bipolar disorder, premarital counseling, parenting issues, and marital distress

Education & Training
  • BA in English: The University of Western Ontario

  • MS in Marriage and Family Therapy: Northwestern University

  • Certificate in Mediation Skills Training: Center for Conflict Resolution

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Illinois

  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor ​

  • Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider 

Fun Facts About Vanessa
  • Born and raised in Canada  🇨🇦​

  • Youngest of 7 children

  • ​Mom of 3

  • Loves dogs, knitting, kayaking, and gardening 

  • Aspires to live creatively

Contact Vanessa


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